School Social Worker
I am is a licensed clinical social worker that has been practicing social work for 19 years. I started my career working with youth with mental health issues in treatment and homeless facilities. I received my masters at University of Michigan. Following graduation, I worked in Detroit Public Schools for several years and then moved back to Colorado, my native home, where I was hired to work at GW in 2007. I love the diversity of the students at GW and am passionate about reducing barriers to help all students succeed.
In the past 10 years, I have actively supported the academic and social emotional success of DPS students by providing mental health interventions school-wide as well as targeted and intensive services to students that need them to access the general education. I lead a school wide attendance team that works to identify and remove barriers that impact successful school attendance. I am a leader on the mental health team that provides school wide suicide prevention and intervention which includes training students, teachers, and parents on the signs of suicide and what they can do to help their teen/friend/student to keep our community safe. This year our team is excited to offer a series of mental health related topics for both students and parents to attend. The team also supports students intensively that have emotional disabilities. I advocate strongly for my students with mental health or family issues so that all teens receive the additional support that they need in the classroom and outside the classroom.